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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Gackt Jacket (a LOT of pictures!) on: April 03, 2006 02:53:03 PM
This is undoubtedly the most complicated sewing project I've ever undertaken in my life... but I finished it!  I actually made this for a Christmas present... just never posted it. 

When I saw the movie Moon Child, I noticed an incredibly awesome jacket worn by one of the main characters (Gackt is the actor, he's actually a Japanese singer).  Here's a picture of the actual jacket:

I watched the movie with a few of my friends as well as my boyfriend, who had seen the movie before and LOVES the jacket.  As I was thinking of Christmas presents for various people, I got the insane idea to make the jacket.  I don't know what I was smoking, but somehow I thought I could do it.

So, with the help of laine hammy's mother, who was a tailor, I drew up a basic design, found a base pattern (which was actually for some fleece hoodie, but somehow we altered it), and started the jacket.  But there was one problem-- my sewing machine would not sew the vinyl.

I had to borrow a friend's machine, which worked, but in the final stages of sewing it started to cop out on me.  Oh well, as long as it finished.  This project was incredibly difficult, as I had never sewn with vinyl before or made anything like this, not to mention keeping it a secret was HARD!

Oh, and random advice for anyone who wants to sew with vinyl: use painter's tape (the blue kind) to hold things in place.  It's fun to rip off the vinyl, the first few times... by the end I was picking out little blue bits from under the stitches with tweezers.  If you have trouble feeding the vinyl through the machine, put a piece of tissue paper on top.  It'll sew much smoother, and it's even easier/more fun to rip out than the tape!

So anyway, here it is, on the ground first, then on me, then on him:

(the shirt he's wearing was made by laine hammy, and she made him model it too)

Well, he loved it, and I'm very very proud of it (though I can point out every single mistake... eek!).  It was SO hard to make, but I loved it anyway.  One thing, though-- I am SICK of blue tape!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recons... math geeks and pretty pann! on: April 03, 2006 02:18:51 PM
Well, it's been ages since I last posted here, I've just been too lazy to upload pictures and post.  Here are a few recons I've done, mostly old shirts and such.  Enjoy!

This was an old Mu Alpha Theta (Math honors society, yes I'm a geek AND I'm asian) shirt that was long sleeved and generally ugly.  The collar's a bit messed up since I didn't face it or even use two layers of cloth, but I'm going to fix it.

It's hard to take pictures of the back.

This was made out of a long black pann skirt and some wal-mart trim.  Whee!

Well, I've made more shirts since then, but I either don't have pictures or they're not completely finished.  So I'll leave you with these, hope you liked them!
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Who wears matching shoes anyway? on: August 13, 2005 08:48:20 AM
I made these sometime last year and I love them to death.  They're just cheap canvas flats painted with acrylics.  People are always asking me if I know that my shoes don't match... yeah.  Do I look like the type of person walks around in different shoes without knowing?  (I hope not!)

I love ballet flats.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / painted ben folds tote on: August 13, 2005 08:36:06 AM
I did this awhile ago... it's just painted, but I figured it's worth posting because I carry it around everywhere.

Based off the Ben Folds song "There's Always Someone Cooler Than You" because it's so fun and motivating.  I love it to death.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black shirt + cherry fabric = mini blazer! on: August 13, 2005 08:32:46 AM
I got a cheap black t-shirt and some cherry-print material and made this:

using this tutorial: http://www.livejournal.com/community/t_shirt_surgery/3402993.html  The button isn't as orange as it looks in the picture... it's just red.

I actually ended up figuring the collar out myself... the directions are odd and didn't work out.  But even now the collar ends up crooked so I just anchored it down a bit where I wanted things.  The lapels are uneven, but oh well.  I'll probably fix that sometime soon.  This was my first time making puffed sleeves, and it was strangely a lot of fun.

Some more pics:

In that one you can sorta see my accidental fake piping that didn't turn out too badly.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / striped knit shrug recon on: August 03, 2005 07:13:06 AM
Well, here's my first posted recon....  I've been sewing like crazy this summer but haven't gotten around to posting anything.  I made this in about 20-30 minutes yesterday out of a too-small knit turtleneck thing. 

I posted the side/backish view because I have a question.  You can't tell much in the pictures, but the bottom flares out a bit since I stretched the fabric while sewing it.  It looks a bit odd, I think, so this morning I went back and sewed about a cm from the hem without stretching.  It's still loose, though.  Should I sew elastic on the inside, or leave as is?  I'm also thinking of making it a rounded hem along the bottom edges.

Hope you like it!
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